How important is music in education?

With school entrance exams, GCSEs and A-Levels becoming harder and more competitive, students nowadays are under constant pressure, and have little time to spare. As a result, few teenagers have the time or the desire to practice their musical instruments at the end of their day.

While it was recently recorded that an outstanding 69% of students in the UK play a musical instrument, the statistics also revealed that there is a noticeable decrease in the percentage of students as the children become older. For example, while 77% of 8-10 year olds play instruments, only 59% of the 17 to 18 age bracket continue to play.

Why should students play musical instruments?

Experts strongly encourage all students to learn an instrument, claiming that it would have a positive and beneficial impact on the students’ behaviour and schools grades. This is because playing an instrument requires you to simultaneously use the three main areas of your brain: cognitive knowledge (reading the musical notes), psychomotor skills (moving your fingers), and affective feelings (emotionally reacting to the song you are playing). Consequently, as argued by Semantic Scholars James Catterall, Richard Chapleau and John Iwanaga, musical students on average achieve higher marks in stressful tests and receive offers from better Universities compared to non-musical students. 

When asked regarding the importance of music, Julia Lloyd Webber, a cellist, conductor and principal, commented that “Engaging children in music and ensuring they receive a rich and diverse music education is key to growing pupils’ creativity and continuing the UK’s pipeline of future musicians”.

Therefore, playing musical instruments stimulates multiple areas of the brain, and is an integral part of education that should not be overlooked.

If your child does not currently play a musical instrument, and is interested in starting, please get in touch our London Agency on 020 7723 0506.